What is it?
CimAlp Summit 2 H – Softshell Jacket for Men RRP – £ 129
Overall rating (5/5)
- 10,000mm waterproof membrane
- 2 large armpit openings with double zippers
- 2 large side pockets
- 3 inside pockets
- Adjustable cuffs with Velcro
- Inner protective gloves
- 3-point adjustment hood suitable for a helmet
- Drawstring at the waist
- Hole for headphones
- Light 790g (medium rated here)
What we thought
As my urge to be outdoors increased due to lockdown restrictions, I needed a suitable jacket to guide myself through the very varied weather conditions in the UK and on local walks during the lockdown and further afield in the Peak District in Wales and Cornwall, me have found many ways in the last few months to put the Summit 2 H jacket to the test.
The first thing I want to talk about is the styling. I chose the black and red option and I love the jacket's minimalist look. There's nothing loud about the design that matches the part and the use of red highlights the practical features.
This lightweight jacket is designed for intense hiking and mountaineering and offers great performance. Thanks to its sleek appearance, it can double for everyday use and is also great for your winter when you commute daily … in case the commuting ever becomes a thing again!
The Summit is a 3-layer softshell that is waterproof, sunroof and breathable and has served me well over the past few months in the changing seasons.
On warmer days, I stayed cool thanks to the generous ventilation slots in the armpit, which prevented me from overheating. On rare, really warm and sunny days, it was no problem to put the jacket in my backpack as it only weighs 790 g.
On colder rainy days, I was surprised how well it kept wind and rain out, and effectively kept me warm and dry – the jacket ran much better than some of my heavier coats.
Lots of pockets
There are 3 inside pockets, one of which is zipped and has a very practical headphone hole. The two generous front pockets, which I found perfect for my gloves and hat when I wasn't wearing them, and even plenty of space for my large headphones to stow away when not in use.
I'm very picky with hoodies and like to feel warm and dry without looking like Kenny from South Park. The hood of this jacket offers space for wearing a helmet. Since I have large headphones and generally wear a man's bun, I still had a lot of space and loved the design.
The hood switches make it easy to tighten things up when needed, but I was very happy to be dry under my hood on a rainy hike with a Soundtrack from Boards of Canada.
Overall rating (5/5)
I've definitely gotten a grip on this jacket in the past few months! From sunny hikes to cool rainy days to a day on an indoor ski slope, the CimAlp Summit 2 H hasn't let me down and is my first choice.
Its modern, minimalist design makes it extremely versatile. Whether I hit the stores on a rainy day or go on an adventure in the wilderness, it doesn't look out of place and it does the job! This jacket deserves our full 5-star rating.
DISCLOSURE | Many thanks to CimAlp, who made the presented product available to us for testing. We weren't paid to write this review.
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Mark is the newest member of the Camping with Style team and is spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors. Mark firmly believes in the healing power of nature and feels at home among the trees. When he's not quite zen-like, he often climbs on things.
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